Crudo by Olivia Laing


Maybe I’m just not the right reader for this book. I thought it was really clever and quite different (it’s written from the point of view of Kathy Acker, the writer of Blood and Guts in High School which I have to remember to go look for and read) but this whole stream of consciousness mode wasn’t quite for me. I enjoyed how current it was – set in 2017, full of mentions of political events and whatnot that take place around that time. Maybe I’d appreciate it more if I had read Kathy Acker’s works before? There’s a bitterness to this book that’s hard to swallow.

I’m intrigued by the different covers. The crab guts one is the one that attracted me (I’m always attracted to books with food on the covers), but the ebook version I borrowed ended up having the dismembered fly on the cover. Which one do you prefer?


  1. Both the covers would be intriguing enough to make me interested, but I must admit I’m not rushing to get it after reading this! The crab cover reminds me of the The Vegetarian cover.


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